Legislative: Hearing on Oil Industry Resource Ransom Act

Energy and Mineral Resources Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018 Time: 10:00 AM Location: Longworth House Office Building 1324



  • This discussion draft is a perfect distillation of Republican public lands energy policy: the only value of public lands and waters is the amount of fossil fuels that corporations can extract from them.
  • Title I would allow states to take over all oil and gas leasing, permitting, production, and regulation on most public lands within their boundaries, and exempts these activities from bedrock environmental laws such as the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
  • The most outrageous proposal is in Title II, which would allow the federal government to extort enormous sums of money from coastal states that want to protect their oceans and beaches from the threat of offshore drilling.


  1. Mr. Myron Ebell
    Director, Center for Energy and Environment
    Competitive Enterprise Institute
  2. Mr. Nick Loris
    Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow in Energy and Environmental Policy, Center for Free Markets and Regulatory Reform
    Heritage Foundation
  3. Mr. Matt Anderson
    Director, Coalition for Self-Government in the West
    Sutherland Institute
    Salt Lake City , Utah
  4. Mayor Ben Cahoon
    Board of Commissioners
    Nags Head , North Carolina